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Old 02-11-2010, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Went around the corner & now I'm lost!!!!
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I have been looking at composting tiolets but MAN, the prices are outrageous upward of 2000 bucks. Why are they SOOO expensive?
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Old 02-11-2010, 11:00 PM
 
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A $5 bucket from home depot, enough wood to build a platform box and a compost bin...
Joseph Jenkins, Inc. - The Humanure Composting Process
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Old 02-12-2010, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I agree.

When we first became interested in composting toilets we contacted various manufacturers of them; and we still get their literature in the mail. Not cheap.

On the other hand we have friends who have a wooden throne with a regular toilet seat and lid, open a cabinet door and underneath rests a 5-gallon bucket. Which is emptied each day to a compost pile outside.

You can do it for a couple bucks or a couple thousands bucks.
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Old 02-13-2010, 01:53 AM
 
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I came across the book a couple of weeks ago while searching the web. Thank you for the information folks
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Old 02-13-2010, 10:49 PM
 
Location: Interior AK
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Gotta say the bucket works quite well. We're living in a wall tent, using our bucket for about 6 months now with no complaints. Our composting toilet set up cost us exactly $22.12 -- and only because I bought a real toilet seat instead of sitting on plywood
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Old 02-16-2010, 07:21 AM
 
Location: Went around the corner & now I'm lost!!!!
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Gotta say the bucket works quite well. We're living in a wall tent, using our bucket for about 6 months now with no complaints. Our composting toilet set up cost us exactly $22.12 -- and only because I bought a real toilet seat instead of sitting on plywood
Soooo easy to make!!!!! Anyone with basic woodworking skills can make that. So all it needs is saw dust to keep the odor down or no odor?
This information on humanure makes you wonder why this type of system is not utilized nationwide; it very cost effective and looks at the plants that grow from the compost...incredible. The sad realization is that the bottom line is about making money; not protecting and serving both man and the earth...so utterly sad it's heartbreaking.

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Old 02-16-2010, 07:58 AM
 
Location: mid wyoming
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I agree on the price of these things. I would have one in my shop except for the prices. Now I got to think on that bucket thingy.....
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Old 02-16-2010, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Interior AK
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We use a combination of sawdust/wood chips from the chainsaw and power tools, used dry coffee grounds, and stove ashes (only because our soil is so acidic) as cover material. It works like a charm.

We did find out that it's better to urinate in a separate container most of the time though so that liquid doesn't build up in the bucket and make it go anaerobic and stinky... and the bucket is much lighter when you go to empty it. We just bought a half dozen urinal bottles and empty those daily... it's a trick for the ladies, but we *can* go in a bottle with practice. Urine (Liquid Gold) has it's own uses in the garden and helps mark your territory to keep critters at bay.

Of course, if you had space, you could always have side-by-side buckets, one for liquids and one for soilds. But I'd still recommend something smaller than a 5-gallon bucket for liquids because it can rather heavy and sloshy.
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Old 02-16-2010, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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A 5-gallon bucket only gets heavy if you fill it.
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Old 02-16-2010, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Interior AK
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That's true, a half-full bucket is manageable and less sloshy. We just found it was easier to swap out and empty a bunch of urine in quarts in our circumstances. Since the avg person pees about a gallon a day, a lot would depend on how many people were using the facilities.

In the cabin, we intend to plumb the urinal directly outside to a sprayer tank on wheels so we can roll it out to the garden easy-peasey. The "plumbed" urinal, to be lady-friendly, will essentially be a large basin funnel with a toilet seat over it and the sink will empty into the basin to rinse it out when you wash your hands after
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